Each and every species on this planet is essential to life. Ecosystems are delicate and operate on balance. Any alteration, small or big, threatens the balance and interdependence on which life depends. The effects of this cannot be more clear than with wolves. These animals are found all across the globe and affect the habitat in which they live by:
Preventing over-grazing near river and streams by elk and other large mammals
Protecting elk populations by scaring off coyotes and other excessive predators
Feeding other species. Wolf kills are spread out over large areas and benefit lots of other vultures
However, this value has not always been appreciated. In 1926, Yellowstone National Park had no wolves because of hunting. Efforts to bring this species have been relatively successful, but there is still much work to be done to protect this species and prevent illegal hunting and other harmful human activities.
By living our lives so separate from nature, we tend to forget just how connected we are. To try and reverse this trend and re-emphasize just how important each and every species is, we need to connect with these animals and feel their desire to live.
Getting the chance to spend time up close and personal with these animals will help us to remember just how important they are and will help us refocus our efforts towards protecting them and preserving them. Humans, just like wolves and all other species, are a part of a massive and interdependent life system that is in danger of destruction if we don’t take action now.